Insider Newsletter March 16, 2020

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COVID-19 Response:

Mayor Declares State of Emergency


On March 16, 2020, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James declared a State of Emergency to prepare for and respond to the threat of COVID-19.

For several weeks, Mayor James—along with the City’s Emergency manager and Administration-- has coordinated the monitoring, preparations and communications in regard to COVID-19. City staff have been preparing for a potential increase in demand for services, especially regarding public safety/health.

The City previously cancelled large gatherings including Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green, GreenMarket and Sunday on the Waterfront through the end of March. The City also worked with producers of large-scale events to postpone, cancel or reschedule their event on City-owned property until further notice.

The State of Emergency declaration gives City administration the ability to establish curfews, implement emergency procurement procedures, make provisions for the availability and use of temporary emergency housing, among other abilities. No curfew has been announced for the City of West Palm Beach.

The City will continue to update residents regularly about closures, cancellations and resources pertaining to COVID-19 through the City’s website:



According to Palm Beach County, a health center is now offering free drive-thru testing for COVID-19. FoundCare, a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center, is setting up a testing station in the FoundCare building parking lot at 2330 S. Congress Ave. in West Palm Beach. The testing will be open to Palm Beach County residents who have called to complete a screening process and have made a scheduled appointment. Prospective patients must call (561) 967-0365 for the screening and to schedule an appointment.



Price gouging can be reported by calling 1-866-966-7226 or by visiting Florida’s Attorney General is urging the public to report any coronavirus-driven price gouging.



If you have any medical questions about COVID-19, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Hotline (open 24/7) by phone at 1 (866) 779-6121 or by email For the latest information and recommendations from the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit:



  • Youth Athletic Programs- Suspended until the end of March. The City will reevaluate future programming at that time. For more information, please visit the City’s website: or call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation at (561) 804-4900 (TTY 800-955-8771).
  • Mandel Public Library Programs, Workshops, and Meetings - Postponed through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  The library will remain open for use during its regular scheduled hours.
  • After-School Programs – Suspended at the library and at recreational centers through Monday, March 30th, 2020.
  • City Events Cancelled through March: Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green, GreenMarket, and Sunday on the Waterfront. (For non-City events, please contact the producer for event status.)

DID YOU KNOW: A Lot of City Business Can Be Done Online




Resources, Information and Support for Businesses

The City of West Palm Beach cares about its local businesses and their sustainability during these difficult times. To aid our business community, the City will be in regular contact with other economic development organizations including the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Atlantic University. Together, a series of resources and assistance are being developed to respond to the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Below are a series of resources and tools that businesses can use to help prepare, respond and recover from the recent emergence of COVID-19.  

Additionally, the SBDC is encouraging small businesses to complete the business damage assessment. This survey helps determine the need for COVID-19 Federal, State disaster assistance. The survey can be found here.

For General Information and Updates for Businesses:

For information and to apply for aid:

Any other questions or to provide additional information to help your small business needs:

The City will continue to regularly update residents and business owners about closures, cancellations and resources pertaining to COVID-19 through the City’s website:



Questions? Contact us today: 1-561-822-2222 (TTY: 800-955-8771)